Second-game Dragons youngster Tyrell Sloan has split through for a stellar try in the eighth minute to ignite the underdogs early.
Filling in for Matt Dufty at fullback after the speedster was slapped with a one-match ban for his attendance at the Dragons’ infamous party, Sloan linked with centre Jack Bird on the right edge and zipped away to open St George Illawarra’s account.
Bird was put in space by halfback Ben Hunt and, as he tried to shrug off Brad Parker with a left-arm palm, offloaded to Sloan on his inside 40 metres out.
And Sloan, having found himself one on one with Manly fullback Reuben Garrick, moved past his opposite number effortlessly to score under the posts.
“He’s an exciting young talent,” said rugby league guru Phil Gould on Nine’s coverage.
“Watch this for a move! See ya later, baby. Never even looked like worrying about him. See ya later, baby.
“You know the good ones when they do that part of it so easily. They know they’re around the fullback before it happens. Just knew. He beat him with a little bit of a head-fake, he looked to the right and said, ‘I’ve got you, I don’t care what your name is, I don’t care how many (games) you’ve played, I don’t care what your scrap book looks like’.”
Rugby league great Brad Fittler added: “Geez, he looks good running.”
Sloan scored a try on his NRL debut against Canberra in Round 15, meaning he’s now bagged two four-pointers in the first two games of his career.